When looking for the best care for your aging or ailing loved one, you will notice each facility provides different levels of care. These levels include assisted living, supported independent living, and continuous care. Understanding what the different levels of care mean will help you make the perfect choice. Many people confuse continuous care with the other levels of care. This article is dedicated to demystifying continuous care and helping people understand what it entails. These include answers to what is continuous care? Who is eligible for continuous care? What are some of the benefits of continuous care?
Continuous care is the practice of offering around the clock hospice care at the beneficiary’s home during periods of crisis. This intensive form of care is administered to patients who are suffering from incapacitating illnesses, mental illnesses, and other chronic terminal illnesses, who need constant medical monitoring by professionals. Contrary to popular belief, continuous care cannot be provided in an inpatient facility but is provided at the patient’s home.
Hospice professionals work in varying shifts for up to 24 hours in a day to help a patient remain as comfortable as possible during the crisis period. The care may or may not be continuous depending on the state of the patient, but the hours must add up to eight or more consecutive for the care to be categorized as continuous. Ideally, continuous care is predominantly provided by Registered or Licensed Vocational nurses, although supplementary home aide services are allowed depending on the state of the patient. A hospice physician can also consult with the patient’s personal physician for even better care and treatment.
Continuous care is suited to patients who are considered to be in crisis for:
To find out if your loved one qualifies for continuous care, talk with your hospice provider to find out more about the provisions of the service. Remember all hospices who receive funding from Medicare are required to offer continuous services to qualifying patients.
Many Medicare beneficiaries don’t utilize continuous care despite its availability. This is a service which was introduced to warrant worry free living both for the patients and their loved ones as their needs are solely catered to by professionals. Continuous care helps patients live a more comfortable life and better manage their pain. The services can also be offered wherever the patient calls home. It doesn’t matter if it’s a private residence, assisted living community or a nursing home, continuous living makes a higher quality of life for those who need care the most.
At Wings of Hope, we offer a variety of levels of care including continuous care services. Should a medical crisis arise, our staff is here to provide in-home, around-the-clock care. Our skilled nurses nurture a sense of peace and comfort during the crisis time, while managing the physical symptoms. For more information on continuous care and other levels of intensive care, do not hesitate to contact us today.